New Life Saving Heart Procedure performed in Dubuque

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Finley Performs New Life Saving Heart Procedure

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UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital is the only hospital in the Dubuque area to offer an innovative procedure for patients with heavy calcification in their arteries. 

Dr. Tauseef Khan, a UnityPoint Clinic cardiologist, performed the new procedure on a post-bypass patient with heavy calcification in his arteries in February 2015. 

The new procedure is called an atherectomy. Unlike other heart procedures that push plaque against an artery wall, such as a balloon angioplasty and stent replacement, this minimally invasive procedure uses a small rotational device, inserted in the patient's artery via catheter, to cut plaque and calcium completely from the artery wall removing it entirely and allowing for successful placement of the coronary stent. 

Although Dr. Khan has been using this devise for similar cases in patients at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Finley now has the latest technology to keep patients in Dubuque for this advanced heart care service. Khan was instrumental in bringing this new technology to the Dubuque area, and with the opening of Finley's new Heart and Vascular Center, more innovative heart care procedures such as laser atherectomies will be performed.